Local tourism grant will promote The Community Fiber Network Conference

2013-07-31T00:00:00Z Local tourism grant will promote The Community Fiber Network ConferenceFor The Times nwitimes.com
July 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

EAST HAZEL CREST | The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association recently received a $4,275 Local Tourism Marketing Grant on behalf of the vllage of Tinley Park and Broadband Communities Magazine from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The grant is to create promotional mailers, advertisements and a video to help promote the Community Fiber Network Conference, on Nov. 5-7, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

The broadband conference (bbcmag.com/chicago) is expected to draw hundreds of visitors from throughout the Midwest to the Southland at Tinley Park and the Chicago Southland region.

“The grant can help us spread the word throughout Illinois and neighboring states about how investment in broadband infrastructure can be leveraged to become a powerful economic development tool,” SSMMA Executive Director Edward Paesel said.

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau distributes up to $66,000 annually to Southland municipalities and nonprofit organizations to promote events designed to draw visitors into the Chicago Southland region for overnight stays. These visitors contribute substantially to the Southland economy through stays in regional hotels, dining at local restaurants, shopping, recreational activities, and needed services travelers require, such as gas, oil, and sundry items.

“The Local Tourism Grant program is a way for the bureau to extend its marketing reach,” said Jim Garrett, CDME, president/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. “The marketing efforts by our communities — in addition to marketing efforts by the bureau — help us better promote the many festivals and events and area attractions throughout the Southland to potential visitors.”

The conference runs Nov. 5-7 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive. Attendees can enjoy a special rate of $125 per night at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Tinley Park-Convention Center. Visit bbcmag.com/Chicago to register for the conference and/or hotel.

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